Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance

Laptop announced date: 17th September 2020

Last reviewed: 18th August 2020

P2P score 7.4
Futureproof High/Ultra 0 Years 0 Months Low/Medium 0 Years 0 Months
Gaming Laptop? Not for gaming

Our Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.

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Is the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming

Processor - The processor within this mobile PC should not be considered for 2021 gaming. It will struggle running AAA requirements. With 4 processor cores, this hardware is well suited to modern processor actions and good for today’s gaming setup.

Graphics Card - The graphics solution contained in this laptop is not for gaming in 2021. It will struggle with most of the AAA titles that are released. There is a very low amount of VRAM in this laptop, which makes it a poor choice for gaming.

System Memory - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is easily covered by the 16GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.

Screen Size - The 13.3" panel size used in this laptop is OK for playing/ running 2021 games on, but we are getting to the point where its on the small side for a suitable gaming laptop. Our gaming laptop screen size of choice would be a 17 inch. But that's because we focus on gaming over portability and the bigger you go, the less portable your laptop becomes. In our minds, whether you are carrying a smaller 1.5 or larger 3.5Kg laptop with you, it's always going to be a lump and we would rather see the games better when we arrive. But that choice is not going to be for everyone.

Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. This laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. Which is just ok for gaming. There are better and if you want to enjoy higher frame rates you will look for a gaming laptop with a higher refresh rate.

UHD Graphics 630 graphics card gaming performance in the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop

Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Grand Theft Auto VI, Resident Evil 8 and Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 1080p resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a UHD Graphics 630 found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 0 at recommended graphics requirements and then 0 games at their min specs.

Grand Theft Auto VI FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph

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Comparing Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges

As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the ThinkBook Plus comes with. What we have done in this Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.

We score the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 7.4 out of ten on the P2P score today. Our price to performance rating value will change for all laptops automatically, as new hardware capability is put into modern laptops and the price for hardware adjusts. This ThinkBook Plus configuration is placed at 1st position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.

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Processor Core i7-10510U 4-Core 1.80GHz
Graphics Card UHD Graphics 630
RAM 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Screen 13.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Storage 512GB M.2
Ports
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • 1x USB-C
  • Wi-Fi 6
  • Bluetooth 1

Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table

Laptop Name Price P2P Difference
i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 $1,114.06 7.4 0%
i5-10210U 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 $1249.00 3.1 98%

Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the ThinkBook Plus range. It currently offers 130% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999.00. The next best model is Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $853.00. Our ThinkBook Plus review laptop is 118% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.

How does the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?

One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our ThinkBook Plus laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor in it, which currently has 201% better performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10510U 4-Core 1.80GHz.

Today there are 0 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 0 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor system requirements.

Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop CPU Core i7-10510U 4-Core 1.80GHz against Grand Theft Auto VI. This CPU performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 90% worse performance against the game’s recommended CPU system requirements. Then we have Resident Evil 8 and our laptop was 113% worse in processor performance and another popular title today is Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition which we saw our review laptop get 50% worse compared to our laptop cpu.

How does the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?

We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this ThinkBook Plus mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card. That graphics card performs 1327% better when compared to our review laptop’s UHD Graphics 630.

Currently 0 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s UHD Graphics 630. Or 0 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.

When compared to the recommended graphics requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop GPU is 100% better in performance. Compared to Resident Evil 8 our laptop graphics performance is 100% better.

The Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?

This Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop has a 13.3" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? A 4K laptops will likely run with 60Hz screen refresh rate, so should the laptop’s hardware be able to get good frame rates at 4K resolution and due to the refresh rate the laptop would max out at 60 frames per second as its screen would not be capable of delivering any higher. Modern games in Ultra graphics settings are also normally too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. This particular laptop refresh rate options are 60Hz.

Drop the 4K screen resolution on your AAA games to 1080p to increase the games frame rate to something more playable, and in doing so will make a game look blurry as it wouldn't be displayed in the 4K laptop’s native resolution. And so is there a point in getting a 4K screen laptop at the moment? However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.

So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.

At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.

Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS

A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $299.00 and would work well with our Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.

Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz

Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $629.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $580, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.

[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]

The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..

At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.

Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop

We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $37 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.

Quality Mouse Price (USD) Check Regional Pricing
** PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons $15.99
** Redragon M711 Cobra $19.99
*** Cooler Master MM710 $49.22
*** Razer DeathAdder Elite $59.99

A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $39.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.

Quality Headset Price (USD) Check Regional Pricing
** Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround $39.99
** HyperX Cloud Stinger $40.99
*** Logitech G635 7.1 $84.45
*** SteelSeries Arctis 5 Surround 7.1 $99.81
Can the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 run any game?

How well can the i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 run these popular games?

Grand Theft Auto V

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto V?
The laptop can not run Grand Theft Auto V minimum system requirements
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Resident Evil 8

Can this laptop run Resident Evil 8?
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Call of Duty Warzone

Can this laptop run Call of Duty Warzone?
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Cyberpunk 2077

Can this laptop run Cyberpunk 2077?
The laptop can not run Cyberpunk 2077 minimum system requirements
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Red Dead Redemption 2

Can this laptop run Red Dead Redemption 2?
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Valorant

Can this laptop run Valorant?
The laptop can run Valorant minimum and recommended system requirements
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Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Can this laptop run Assassins Creed: Valhalla?
The laptop can not run Assassins Creed: Valhalla minimum system requirements
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Grand Theft Auto VI

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto VI?
The laptop can not run Grand Theft Auto VI minimum system requirements
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Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition

Can this laptop run Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition?
The laptop can not run Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition minimum system requirements
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Battlefield 6

Can this laptop run Battlefield 6?
The laptop can not run Battlefield 6 minimum system requirements
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Minecraft

Can this laptop run Minecraft?
The laptop can run Minecraft minimum system requirements
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Can this laptop run Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
The laptop can run Counter-Strike: Global Offensive minimum and recommended system requirements
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FIFA 21

Can this laptop run FIFA 21?
The laptop can not run FIFA 21 minimum system requirements
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Battlefield 3

Can this laptop run Battlefield 3?
The laptop can run Battlefield 3 minimum system requirements
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PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

Can this laptop run PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds?
The laptop can not run PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds minimum system requirements
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Fortnite

Can this laptop run Fortnite?
The laptop can run Fortnite minimum system requirements
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Forza Horizon 4

Can this laptop run Forza Horizon 4?
The laptop can not run Forza Horizon 4 minimum system requirements
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Apex Legends

Can this laptop run Apex Legends?
The laptop can run Apex Legends minimum system requirements
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eFootball PES 2021

Can this laptop run eFootball PES 2021?
The laptop can not run eFootball PES 2021 minimum system requirements
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Far Cry 6

Can this laptop run Far Cry 6?
The laptop can not run Far Cry 6 minimum system requirements
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Grand Theft Auto IV

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto IV?
The laptop can run Grand Theft Auto IV minimum and recommended system requirements
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DOTA 2

Can this laptop run DOTA 2?
The laptop can run DOTA 2 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Microsoft Flight Simulator

Can this laptop run Microsoft Flight Simulator?
The laptop can not run Microsoft Flight Simulator minimum system requirements
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Can this laptop run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?
The laptop can not run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare minimum system requirements
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The Witcher III

Can this laptop run The Witcher III?
The laptop can not run The Witcher III minimum system requirements
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Battlefield 4

Can this laptop run Battlefield 4?
The laptop can run Battlefield 4 minimum system requirements
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Genshin Impact

Can this laptop run Genshin Impact?
The laptop can not run Genshin Impact minimum system requirements
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Star Citizen

Can this laptop run Star Citizen?
The laptop can not run Star Citizen minimum system requirements
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Fallout 4

Can this laptop run Fallout 4?
The laptop can not run Fallout 4 minimum system requirements
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Enlisted

Can this laptop run Enlisted?
The laptop can not run Enlisted minimum system requirements
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Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Can this laptop run Assassins Creed: Odyssey?
The laptop can not run Assassins Creed: Odyssey minimum system requirements
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Battlefield V

Can this laptop run Battlefield V?
The laptop can not run Battlefield V minimum system requirements
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ARK: Survival Evolved

Can this laptop run ARK: Survival Evolved?
The laptop can not run ARK: Survival Evolved minimum system requirements
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Battlefield 1

Can this laptop run Battlefield 1?
The laptop can not run Battlefield 1 minimum system requirements
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Far Cry 5

Can this laptop run Far Cry 5?
The laptop can not run Far Cry 5 minimum system requirements
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Rust

Can this laptop run Rust?
The laptop can not run Rust minimum system requirements
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League of Legends

Can this laptop run League of Legends?
The laptop can run League of Legends minimum and recommended system requirements
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The Elder Scrolls V

Can this laptop run The Elder Scrolls V?
The laptop can run The Elder Scrolls V minimum system requirements
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Metro: Exodus

Can this laptop run Metro: Exodus?
The laptop can not run Metro: Exodus minimum system requirements
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Scavengers

Can this laptop run Scavengers?
The laptop can not run Scavengers minimum system requirements
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How well do we think the i7-10510U 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 can run these upcoming popular games?

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

Could this laptop run Mass Effect: Legendary Edition?
We think the laptop can not run Mass Effect: Legendary Edition minimum system requirements
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Days Gone

Could this laptop run Days Gone?
We think the laptop can not run Days Gone minimum system requirements
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Biomutant

Could this laptop run Biomutant?
We think the laptop can not run Biomutant minimum system requirements
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Assassins Creed: Valhalla - Wrath of the Druids

Could this laptop run Assassins Creed: Valhalla - Wrath of the Druids?
We think the laptop can not run Assassins Creed: Valhalla - Wrath of the Druids minimum system requirements
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Hood: Outlaws and Legends

Could this laptop run Hood: Outlaws and Legends?
We think the laptop can not run Hood: Outlaws and Legends minimum system requirements
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F1 2021

Could this laptop run F1 2021?
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